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St. Francis College to Extend in Gomti Nagar (Lucknow)

The 23rd of April 2012 was a day which will be written in golden letters in the history of the Catholic Diocese of Lucknow and of St. Francis College, for, on this day the Foundation Stone of the new school to be known as St. Francis School was blessed and laid by the Bishop of Lucknow Most Rev. Gerald John Mathias in the presence of Priests, Sisters, Lay Faithful and friends. The ceremony began with a hymn followed by the Prayer Service for the laying of the foundation stones. The Principal of St. Francis College read the passage from the Bible, and Sr. Stephanie, Principal of St. Agnes Loreto School read the Responsorial Psalm. Fr. Donald De Souza read out Time Capsule that was to be interned together with the corner stone and which was signed by the Bishop, Vicar General, Chancellor, Parish Priest of Gomti Nagar, Principal of St. Francis College, Representative of the Religious working in the diocese and the Representative of the Laity of the Diocese. This latter was Mr. Peter Fanthome, Anglo-Indian M.L.A. in the U.P. Legislature, who also spoke on the occasion.

The Time Capsule was also signed, as is the custom, by the Architect, Engineer, Builder and one from the well wishers gathered for the ceremony. The Bishop then took the urn containing the Time Capsule together with holy medals, scapular and rosary to the Foundation Stone in the ground where it was s encapsuled with cement and mortar. The Bishop, Most Rev. Gerald J. Mathias, shared with the audience on the educational apostolate of the Catholic Church in Lucknow. Fr. Ignatius D’Souza gave the Vote of Thanks sharing with the assembly the genesis of St. Francis School in the up-coming residential colony in the Gomti Nagar Extension area of the City. After the laying of the foundation stone the guests shared in the refreshments. Mr. Derek Jackson compeered the entire programme.
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